Retailers and customers across the city hail the opening
Retailers and beverage chains opened on a limited scale on Wednesday, and they hope to add more staff in the coming days to meet pent-up demand.
Online platforms offer different incentives to revive the economy.
Li Defeng is among hundreds of Meituan employees who arrived in Shanghai to handle day-to-day operations before the lockdown and he intends to stay for several more weeks.
“As restrictions are eased in more areas, online shopping now includes more leisure items in addition to food and daily necessities and I plan to continue the work until most centers distribution are resuming their normal activities,” he said.
For takeout sellers on Meituan, he pledges 40 million yuan ($6 million) to help them optimize menu items and online operations and more than 500 million yuan in shopping vouchers and subsidies to help sellers promote their virtual stores.
Alibaba’s digital map and car-calling service Amap is waiving commission fees for drivers by partnering with third-party car-calling companies for six days from Wednesday, while following rules strict pandemic prevention measures.
Retailers have made full preparations for the return of foot traffic as more are expected to return to work next Monday.
More than 20 Nayuki’s Tea beverage stores start offering take-out service through its official WeChat mini program and third-party sites like Meituan and Ele.me on Wednesday, and another 10 stores are expected to resume operations next Monday.
Tea drink store chain Heytea has been offering bottled beverages through community group purchases since mid-April and expects most stores to return to normal opening hours in the coming months. days.
A total of 19 employees returned to the Adidas flagship store on Nanjing Road E. at the end of May and it will bring back more employees this week.
Several other stores, including those in Taikoo Li Qiantan and Bailian Outlet Plaza in Qingpu District.
Online deliveries returned to normal at the end of May for clothing retailer Uniqlo and some offline stores offered customers a pick-up service.
Some offline outlets, including the Nanjing Road W. flagship store, are expected to open this weekend.
Walmart’s Tianlin store in Xuhui District offered a designated half-hour shopping period for seniors before regular store opening hours as foot traffic returned.
Sam’s Club stores have also resumed normal business hours and community group online shopping is ceasing operations. In-store tasting is still limited, and camping facilities, liquor, and toys are especially popular.